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A Big Surprise

A Big Surprise

A BIG SURPRISE by Hugh Farquhar  The Gospel Reading in the Lectionary this week is John 1:43-51. When I turned my attention to the Reading and considered it in my way, it seemed as though one sentence, spoken by Nathaniel, was printed in bold: “Can anything good come...

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Hallelujah Anyway

Hallelujah Anyway

HALLELUJAH ANYWAY by Hugh Farquhar The Psalm Selection designated for this Sunday is Psalm 147:12-20 This Psalm is from a section of Psalms called “Praise Psalms,” and this portion of it opens with a burst of praise, “Hallelujah . . . praise your God.” This is a...

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A Comforting Christmas

A Comforting Christmas

A COMFORTING CHRISMAS by Hugh Farquhar The Old Testament Lectionary Reading designated for the Second Sunday in Advent is Isaiah 40:1-11. The first verse caught my attention: “Comfort, O comfort my people” says your God. “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem.” (Isaiah...

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Mixed Metaphors

Mixed Metaphors

MIXED METAPHORS by Hugh Farquhar The Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures assigned in the Lectionary for this coming Sunday, Reign of Christ Sunday, is Ezekiel 34:11-15, 20-24. I remember the occasion when Queen Elizabeth presented a medal to my father. He had helped to...

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Steadfast Love

Steadfast Love

By Hugh Farquhar The Psalm prescribed in the Lectionary for this Sunday is Psalm 107.  It begins on a high note: “O give thanks, for God is gracious, God’s steadfast love endures forever.” Among my most prized possessions is a gift that was given to me by a student in...

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Loving Yourself

Loving Yourself

By Hugh Farquhar The Gospel Reading prescribed in the Lectionary for next Sunday is Matthew 22:34-40. It contains some of Jesus’ most memorable words, including: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Whitney Houston had a big hit that stayed on the charts for...

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Just Enough of God

Just Enough of God

by Hugh Farquhar The Revised Common Lectionary Reading from the Hebrew Scripture on Sunday is Exodus 33:12-23. The concluding verse is striking: “You shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.” Years ago, when the older two of our four children were small, we...

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Bearing Fruit

Bearing Fruit

Bearing Fruit  by Carolyn Crowell, To Touch the Mystery: Poetry for the Journey of Life. Carolyn is an educator, minister, theologian and writer in The United Church of Canada. She writes poems that reflect the presence of the Spirit in everyday life. Learn more and...

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